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More Images: Gigantic Jet Spied From Black Hole in Early Universe
X-ray, Optical, Infrared, & Illustration Images of PJ352-15
(Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXO/JPL/T. Connor; Optical: Gemini/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA; Infrared: W.M. Keck Observatory; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)
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Chandra data may have revealed the most distant known supermassive black hole with an X-ray jet. The source of this jet is a quasar (a rapidly growing black hole) at the center of a young galaxy about 12.7 billion light years from Earth. The first panel is an artist's illustration of a close-up view of a quasar and its jet, like the one in PJ352-52. The images show X-ray data from Chandra of PJ352-15, along with optical and infrared data from the Gemini-North telescope and the Keck-I telescope respectively. This result may help explain how the biggest black holes formed at a very early time in the Universe's history.


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